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Your Sunday Morning plan

Is it spring yet? Maybe not. But we’re taking that tinge of warmth in the air as a reason to celebrate the last legs of winter. The sun will be out before we know it, and then tulips and sprouts! Park days and picnics! Until then, we suggest making a scone ring in the shape of a flower for breakfast, along with a cupple that doubles as a serving of fruit. Then, after you’re fortified with starchy, fruity goodness, practice your pinball wizard skills with a DIY pinball table!

EAT:

To make the cupple:

Grab an apple, a melon baller or spoon and a lemon. Slice off the top of the apple, hollow it with the melon baller, leaving ¼ inch thick walls all around, to prevent browning, brush the inside with lemon juice. Fill with juice, then raise your goblets and toast to the spring ahead!

To make the scone flower:

We’ve had it with food that looks pretty but tastes second rate. These scones will not disappoint. The cut scones are the petals of the flower, and the center is a mound of apricot preserves. The saucy preserves and dried ‘pricots add a splash of fresh colour and sweetness. Sprinkle with icing sugar or sparkly sprinkles after its cool if you want an extra fancy presentation. Kids can help measure the dry ingredients, cut the quick dough and zest the lemons.

  • 1 ½ cup flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • Pinch salt and nutmeg
  • 2 Tbsp cold, unsalted butter
  • Grated zest of one lemon
  • 1/3 cup chopped dried apricots
  • ¾ cup cream
  • 1 Tbsp milk
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 Tbsp apricot preserves

Preheat the oven to 400. Mix the flour, sugar, baking powder salt and nutmeg into a bowl. Cut the butter into small pieces and scatter over the dry ingredients. Rub the butter in until the mixture is flaky. Add the zest and apricots. Make a well in the dry ingredients and then pour in the cream. Stir until the dough comes together. Turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead two or three times till it becomes a ball. Pat the dough into a 7-inch circle and cut into eight wedges, just like a pie. Reassemble the wedges on the baking sheet so the pieces are barely touching. Whisk together the egg yolk and milk and brush over the top. Bake 15 – 17 minutes.

After it’s cool, top with a good blob of apricot preserves right in the middle. Then massacre that tasty flower.

 DO:

This activity was inspired by Pinball Arcade, a new, kid-pleasing app that emulates a pinball table on your iPad. “The Theatre of Magic Table” is complete with a carnivalesque background, majestic sorcerer and pin-up style genie. For a totally customizable IRL version, this pinball table recipe strikes just the right balance of challenge and kid-friendliness. Your kids can get creative with household materials like bottle caps and plastic bottles, but you do need a drill to make it. For this reason, a fair amount of parental help is involved. But, this little machine will be a lasting fixture in your play room, and your kids can experience the undying joy of pinball without being dragged into a smoky late night establishment.

Photos by Mrs jenny ryan and therealmichaelmoore, via Flickr

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